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Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, an anti-war group that claimed responsibility for a series of bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.

He was a fugitive for years but surrendered in 1980. Charges were dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct.

His past briefly became an issue during the 2008 presidential race because he once served with Obama on the board of a Chicago charity.

Caitlin Wallace, a UW law student who organized Coulter’s visit, said bringing a conservative commentator and author to Laramie is meant to counterbalance a number of high-profile liberal speakers the university has brought to campus over the years.

“We’ve already got plans in motion for what we can do next to keep up and keep making sure that a conservative voice is kept on campus,” Wallace said.